Possession by Promise – February 16, 2020
Preached by PKO
PKO preached a sermon titled, Possession by Promise, on Sunday, February 2, 2020. He began with Genesis 17:1-8. This is the story of God establishing His covenant with Abram.
People obtain possessions in many ways. Some through promise, some through inheritance, some by position and some by corruption.
For Abram, we will focus on Possession by Promise. God appears to Abram when he is 90 and promises Abram great things. Abram, a foreigner, is a stranger in the land of Canaan.
The promise is
– For the seed of Abraham
– To possess the land wherein you are a stranger
– Established by a perfect walk with God
– Sealed by perpetual service with the Lord
– Sealed when you cry unto the Lord
To become the seed of Abraham, it requires a new birth. It requires us to accept sonship of Christ (salvation). Galatians 3:16a tells us the promises are made to Abraham and His Seed. Galatians 3:29 goes on to tell that that “If you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (NKJV)
Once you because a Christian, this makes you a stranger to the world. 1 Peter 2:11 shows us that our values change. We become pilgrims in this world and need to abstain from worldly things or sinful desires.
As we walk before God, we are to remain blameless (perfect). How is this possible? Christ! It is not because of what we have done, but because when we approach God, God sees Jesus’ perfect work of redemption (Genesis 17:1). As pilgrims, God’s laws need to govern our lifestyles. Our promise of possession is established in this perfect walk with God.
As we walk with Him, Deuteronomy 5:33 reiterates the Possession by Promise. “You shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God has commanded you, that you may live and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you shall possess.” (NKJV) We will receive our promised inheritance. Exodus 6:8.
God has great promises for His children. If you don’t know Him, you need to begin by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour (the one Who saves). With that acceptance begins the incredible journey of possessing more than you can ever imagine. We are strangers on earth, pilgrims with the destination of heaven. As we walk the path of life, we need to walk in God’s pleasing and perfect will. We need to continually (perpetually) serve Him and in so doing, fulfill HIS will for OUR lives. The most incredible part of it is that, when we commune with Him, we have access to Him at all times and can cry out to Him. We do not have to DO life alone. We can possess “heaven on earth” today, by living a rich, rewarding life, and in eternity, we will possess HEAVEN itself.
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